The concept for this Cowboy inspired wedding shoot came from Breock. Bree owns Two be Wed and offers bespoke wedding planning, coordination and styling from her base in Cornwall.
When we chatted about this project, Bree talked about how difficult it had been for her and fellow suppliers during Covid. Turning her attention to something positive, she decided to arrange a styled shoot. She wanted the feel to be more upbeat in order to ignite a little excitement and give everyone something to focus on and look forward to.
“Everything had become really fraught with so much uncertainty and just continual disappointment. The pandemic was just awful for all our couples. But it also massively impacted our community and continues to affect local suppliers even now. I know this wasn’t exclusive to Cornwall nor just the wedding industry, the impact was felt worldwide and in all corners. I just wanted to find a way to use my time in a creative way. I’d hoped to achieve something magical by collaborating with some of the talented people in my area. Thankfully I have so many right here on my very own doorstep.”
So, last summer she did just that. Bree pulled together a team of creative individuals from around Devon and Cornwall. In the midst of the covid chaos they managed to create something really beautiful.
Bree told me “It gave us all some renewed faith and impetus to start driving forward.”
Find the Joy.
It’s so very important to find joy in what you do, but it was even more so during the Pandemic. As someone who literally gets saved by a crafting project on the regular, I completely understand just how important it is to embrace creativity and use it to help us find positivity and joy. When I’m struggling with something or if I’m feeling depressed I can usually find my way back to reality and my happy space by ironically, getting lost in a world of art supplies.
I haven’t organised a styled shoot in such a long time. I used to absolutely love putting them together. From the initial idea to seeing it featured in a magazine or a blog, the whole process is so much work but so worth it.
Coming up with ideas for styled shoots can be challenging. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably struggle with a bit of imposter syndrome every now and again. You’ll stress out thinking that someone has most likely done a similar shoot to you previously. They may well have, but it really doesn’t matter because no two shoots are ever exactly the same. We can all put our own spin on things. A team of people will produce a different result, even if they have the same brief. So, if you’ve been putting it off…Be Brave and just go for it! If you need a few hints and tips about how to go about it check out my previous blog post here.
Inspiration and Ideas.
A good way to find inspiration and ideas… think about the things that you love and create something from that. Brainstorm and talk to other wedding creatives.
When I asked Bree where the inspo for her shoot came from she said that she’d grown up watching Spaghetti Westerns with her dad. She’s always loved Cowboys and Cowboy boots! Me too!
I have to agree, there’s something quite nostalgic about cowboys for me too. Whilst typing up the content for this post I was transported back to my childhood. On a Sunday afternoon my sisters and I could often be found sat in front of the TV, enjoying an old western movie. And well, the thought of a well mannered Cowboy tipping his hat to me whilst asking for a dance…. Danni, stop envisioning yourself in Yellowstone and get yourself back in the room!
It’s All In The Details
Looking through all the images from this shoot and trying to pick out a selection to showcase, wasn’t easy because there were so many gorgeous ones.
I love details, special touches and hidden meanings. As a stylist I’m a sucker for a flat lay or a close up.
Did you see that the cake had a denim effect to it?
Did you notice the tiny daisies running through the shoot and not just in the field? They’re a wonderful addition to a wildflower bouquet and perfect for a wedding. They symbolise Innocence and Purity.
Planning & Preparation
It’s no surprise that Bree told me daisies are her favourite flower. Even her business logo is a daisy. So, whilst this shoot was very much inspired by her love of Cowboys there was also a huge focus on those pretty little white flowers. I think you’ll agree it was well worth them having to wait for the daisy to be in full bloom before proceeding with the shoot.
Location, Location, Location.
From sea views to roaming countryside, Cornwall undoubtedly has some of the most breathtaking scenery there is.
Rame Barton Guest House is situated in the idyllic coastal village of Rame. It’s gorgeous rural views made it the perfect location and for this styled shoot.
Fields of Daisies, Tree swings and a beautiful horse…. Please, this was such a pleasure to blog about.
Well done to Bree and the team. I’d say you all did a pretty good job at pulling together in a weird old time of our history and creating something beautiful.
It may well be a little stereotypical of me, but I feel it appropriate to say….Yeehaw, as I sign off to go and search online for some Cowboy boots of my own!
Until next time… D x
Concept & Styling – Breock Cardew Two be Wed
Assistant Styling & Coordinator – Sam Bell Styling
Photography: Louise Eleanor Photography
Cake : Claire Arscott
Dress: The Ivory Lounge
Floristry: Hannah Burnett Florist
Makeup: Gem Ryder
Hair: Curious Hair Studio
Glassware: Keeping it Vintage
Venue: Rame Barton Guest House
Catering Richard McGeown